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Medford Opens New Shelter For The Homeless

Rogue Retreat
The shelter replaced by the new facility.

What started as a winter emergency shelter for homeless people in Medford has become a much more imposing presence.  The Kelly Shelter opened its doors recently, providing regular shelter space for 54 people in bunk beds, an upgrade from the church basement with mats on the floor of the original shelter. 

ACCESS, Inc. bought the building and renovated it, and Rogue Retreat will run the shelter, geared toward finding permanent homes for its short-term resident. Matt Vorderstrasse, the Development Director at Rogue Retreat, visits with details. 

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